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Valentine’s Day Books For Young Children

This post contains affiliate links. With Valentine’s Day just a little over a month away I thought it would be a great time to share some books about love that are perfect for young children. Here are some books little kids will enjoy reading again and again. Most are specifically for Valentine’s Day but some [Read On]

Winter Themed Sensory Bins

This post contains affiliate links. This is going to be a long winter at home so I thought I’d share some fun winter themed sensory bins! Here at our house I have a few different sensory bins and my two year old loves playing in them. We have a sensory table (this one) in the [Read On]

Moms Share Their Favorite Restaurants In Chicago And The Suburbs That Are Offering Carryout And Delivery

Live in the Chicago area and want to support local restaurants but don’t want to eat indoors? I’ve polled local mom’s groups to discover the best restaurants in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs that are offering carryout and/or delivery. Plus, these moms share what they recommend ordering so you know what to get when you [Read On]

Snow Themed Tot School Lesson Plan

This post contains affiliate links. Some activities require direct supervision due to small pieces. This week is Emma’s first week of Tot School! I’m so excited to start this journey with her. I shared about it earlier this week in my Back to Tot School post but, if you missed it, Tot School is just [Read On]

Simple Goals For 2021

Thanks to Farther Finance for sponsoring this post. I didn’t make many goals for 2020 but by the end of March it was clear that the only goal I should have for the year we just went through was to SURVIVE. From being cooped up in the house with three kids to figuring out elearning [Read On]

The Return Of Tot School Lesson Plans

Over a decade ago, back when my tweens were toddlers, I did “tot school” with them. The idea came from Carisa who coined the term for the idea of intentionally exposing young children to early learning skills through fun play at home. She always had so many great ideas and I also believe that children learn [Read On]

Cleaning Products That Work (Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. As a mom, I feel like the cleaning and the laundry are never-ending. Anyone else feel this way?! Thankfully I have two older kids that can help with the cleaning. I also have a toddler who is not quite as helpful yet but she [Read On]

The Homeowner’s Solution To Hard Water

Thanks to Flow-Tech for sponsoring this post. If you have hard water in your home you know the problems it can cause. Hard water, when left untreated, leads to ongoing costs, maintenance, and issues. Clogged pipes can lead to a dramatic reduction of flow and destruction of flow throughout your home. Over time, the scale caused by [Read On]

100 Socially Distanced Christmas Activities For Families

This post contains affiliate links. This Christmas will be unlike any other we’ve ever experienced -and most of us will be sticking close to home- but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as magical and meaningful as past holiday seasons. Today I’m sharing 100 ideas for a socially distanced Christmas season. All of these [Read On]

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

If you are looking for gift ideas you are in the right place! I have dozens of ideas and there is something here for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. There are also some awesome GIVEAWAYS which you can enter at the bottom of this gift guide. More gift ideas and giveaways will be added [Read On]

Calling All Dog Parents

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Amazon Prime Video.  Calling all dog parents! Today a new, unscripted series called ‘The Pack‘ premieres on Amazon Prime Video. The series celebrates the unrivaled bond between dogs and their human companions. I’m excited to check it out since our family recently grew by eight paws [Read On]

Thanksgiving Books For Toddlers And Preschoolers

This post contains affiliate links. I love having holiday themed books to read to my toddler. I noticed while going through her board books that we had a lot of Halloween books and tons of Christmas books but no Thanksgiving holiday books so I went to find some on Amazon. I thought I’d share the [Read On]

Fall Outdoor Activities To Do With Kids

Thanks to Vuly Play for sponsoring this post and encouraging families to get outdoors. As the weather cools off it seems like the kids start spending more time indoors and it’s harder to get them to go outside when they have to bundle up. There is lots of fun to be had outside in the [Read On]

Fall Writing Activities For Kids

The written word is a wonderful way to connect with others and is especially useful during this time when kids aren’t able to connect in person with their friends and family members. I put a list of fun summer writing activities together last year so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some ideas as we head into the colder months.

Halloween Sensory Bins

When I taught preschool one of the most popular areas in the classroom was the sensory table. I loved creating themed sensory bins for my preschoolers and continued once I left the classroom and had my own kids. My boys grew out of the sensory table stage (they are both in junior high now!) so [Read On]

Books For Kids Who Are Feeling Worried Or Anxious

A couple of years ago I shared a post with a list of books for kids that have anxiety. As a mom with anxiety- who is raising a child with anxiety- I put the resource together when I was looking for books for my own family. Knowing that many more children are struggling during this [Read On]

Photo Gift Ideas

Thanks to CanvasDiscount.com for sponsoring this post. I know that it’s only September but as I told you in July, I’m using this extra time at home to start getting all prepped for Christmas so I can have a less stressful holiday season. As a mom, some of my favorite gifts are ones that come [Read On]

Raising a Child With Cerebral Palsy: Tips For First-Time Parents

When my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism it was not a surprise to me. Still, getting that diagnosis from the doctor- that I knew in my heart was coming- did not make it any easier to be on the receiving end of the doctor’s words. My son was already enrolled in therapies due to [Read On]

A Social Distancing Island Vacation In The Midwest

Thanks to Miller Boat Line for inviting my family to visit Put-In-Bay for a social distancing vacation and for providing ferry service and a golf cart for us to use on the island. A few years ago I discovered Put-In-Bay, Ohio while I was putting my trip to (nearby) Cedar Point together. It seemed like [Read On]

Prepping For Christmas In July

Thanks to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. Who else is ready to jump ahead to Christmas and then leave 2020 behind? I know I’m not the only one since I can tell from my site analytics that a lot of you are looking at Christmas posts- and some are even already on to Valentine’s [Read On]

A Night Without A Bed Challenge To Raise Awareness For Family Homelessness

Each year in America, 2.5 million children experience homelessness. One in sixteen American children will experience homelessness before they reach the first grade. These children are three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, eight to nine times more likely to repeat a grade, and seven times more likely than their peers [Read On]

Summer Goals For A Healthier Lifestyle

This post is brought to you by my sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own. There’s no denying that things have been stressful lately. This spring has taken a toll on everyone I think, especially parents who have been quarantined with their kids and wearing the hat of “teacher” [Read On]

The Diet That Lets You Eat Your Favorite Foods

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own. One time my friend gave me a bunch of “diet food” she had leftover and I was so excited to try them that I went right home and stuck one in the microwave. I [Read On]

Finding More Energy To Keep Up With My Toddler And My Dog

This post is brought to you by my sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own. A couple of weeks ago I shared about the new diet I was starting based on the book Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, [Read On]

The New Diet I Am Trying: Always Eat After 7pm

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Growing up, my dad would always remind me that breakfast was the most important meal of the day and how it’s not good to eat late in the evening. So imagine my surprise when I discovered a health book entitled, Always Eat After 7: The Revolutionary [Read On]

Tips To Keep Kids Practicing Their Instruments When School Is Out

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. My boys love all the extra free time they’ve had lately. They’re enjoying more time relaxing, more time playing video games with their friends, and more time outdoors. One thing they weren’t wanting to do that much of though since schools closed in March? [Read On]

Daily Schedule For Tweens Learning From Home

The kids and I have been sheltering in place since Thursday, March 12th when they got home from school. Since I’m considered high risk health-wise I pulled them out of school before schools here in Illinois officially closed and we stopped going to their activities before they were all cancelled. My kids haven’t been anywhere [Read On]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Annual Passes Sale (Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Attention all parents of LEGO® loving kids! If you have not been to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago yet you are missing out! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is an indoor family entertainment destination with over two million LEGO® bricks and nine attractions, including rides and [Read On]

How To Send A Valentine To A Hospitalized Child

No child deserves to spend Valentine’s Day in the hospital but you can make their time in there brighter by sending them a valentine. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is running their annual Handfuls of Love campaign and it’s easy to participate and show them that you’re on their team. The [Read On]

Design Your Own Locket For Your Valentine (Giveaway)

Thanks to Pictures on Gold for sponsoring this post and giveaway. Valentine’s Day is next week and I have the perfect gift for your valentine or “gal”entine. Pictures on Gold has beautiful locket necklaces that can be personalized with your loved ones in mind. They normally ship within a day as well so you can [Read On]